Do everything with a mind that lets go. Do not expect any praise or reward. If you let go a little, you will have a little peace. If you let go completely, you sill have complete peace and freedom. Your struggles with this world will have come to an end.
-- Ajahn Chah
The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.
-- Henry Miller
Be patient with everyone, but above all with yourself. I mean do not be disheartened by your imperfection, but always rise up with fresh courage. How are we to be patient in dealing with our neighbor's faults if we are impatient in dealing with our own? He who is fretted by his own failings will not correct them. All profitable correction comes from a calm and peaceful mind.
-- Saint Francis de Sales
Before an instrument can be used it must be created. It is true that most of us learn to concentrate on worldly affairs, but all such effort is directed toward analysis, synthesis and comparison of facts and ideas, while the Concentration which is a necessary prelude to Meditation aims at unwavering focus on the chosen thing or idea to the exclusion of any other subject...complete one-pointedness of thought upon the subject in hand, be it pencil, a virtue, or a diagram imagined in the mind.
Wisdom is the harmony between our mind and the laws of reality. Morality is the harmony between our convictions and our actions. Concentration is the harmony between our feelings, our knowledge, and our will, the unity of all our creative forces in the experience of a higher reality.
-- Lama Govinda